We were gifted with so many brand new trailers in September but the only one that had any impact of significance to me was Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
I felt like I was falling back through the vaults of time into that pocket of fantasy and adventure that consumed so much of my childhood. I grew up on Harry Potter. I read the novels so many times that I could practically recite them line by line.
I remember being 11-years-old and actually waiting for my very own owl to come crashing through my window with a missive inviting me to join my fellow witches and wizards in the halls of The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
And as the months went by and my life remained largely free of magic and owls and cuddly giants descending on flying motorcycles to whisk me away to a realm of wonder and whimsy, I began to dread my birthdays.
Why? Because each new year took me further and further away from that magical age when young witches and wizards were expected to report to Hogwarts. You heard that right. There was a section of my childhood during which I hoped against all hope that a fictional world of magic would come to life and steal me away.
So it goes without saying that the Fantastic Beasts movies were made for one such as me. In a way, my excitement for this new series in the Harry Potter Universe trumps anything I felt for the original movies.
I went into each new Harry Potter installment knowing full well how things would play out because I’d read the novels. The Fantastic Beasts movies are a whole new canvas, one with which I am completely unfamiliar because of the absence of literary source material, which means that, for once, I can actually enjoy all the twists and turns.
I wanted to love the first Fantastic Beasts. But honestly, it failed to deliver on so many levels, even though I personally enjoyed Eddy Redmayne’s portrayal of Newt Scamander.
The Crimes of Grindelwald picks up where its predecessor left off, with the Dark Lord of the wizarding world in captivity. Though, the trailers strongly suggest that he will escape and proceed to wreak havoc.
Newt has been charged by a young Dumbledore to find and either capture or kill Grindelwald; those of us who read the Harry Potter books know why Dumbledore, the most powerful wizard in history, refuses to challenge Grindewald directly.
So Newt has his work cut out for him with this rollercoaster of an adventure that will drag him through the heights and depths of the wizarding and the Muggle worlds.
This trailer had everything; the characters we loved from the first movie, the magic, the fantastic beasts, sooooo many Harry Potter Easter eggs (Nagini?) People, this just might be it. After a lackluster first movie, this sequel just might be the force that relaunches the Harry Potter cinematic universe anew.